Facial recognition will soon to be implemented in the UK to verify shoppers’ ages when buying alcohol and cigarettes. Digital identity app Yoti has partnered with US technology company NCR to create self-serve check-outs integrated with an AI-powered camera, which estimates the age of shoppers. This is an added level of automation to the check-out process, reducing the need for staff intervention. The facial recognition system will provide a hassle-free shopping experience, freeing up staff and cutting down queues at self-service checkouts. The technology does not require any pre-registration, and any visual information created about users will not be retained after their purchase is made.